Esther turned 10 last weekend. Her birthday was met with complete chaos in our lives. Instead of being able to spend weeks(months) planning a party, gifts, and a cake – her day was met with last minute dinner plans, store bought cupcakes, an emergency trip to American Girl for a gift, and an IOU for a slumber party/birthday party once we are settled in our new home.
And for the first time ever in my seven years of blogging, I didn’t even do a birthday post for one of my daughters on their birthday.
Instead of focusing on the birthday girl last weekend, we instead MOVED, both worked full-time, and had a very very very sick five year old.
But Esther, being Esther, smiled right through it. While the girl loves a good party, nobody is as flexible or forgiving as Esther.
On Monday I received a text from a friend. Her daughter came home from school and said to my friend “Esther is always so happy. Even when she’s a grump.” I smiled and nodded because it’s so true. I don’t know many people who are as happy as Esther.
We have drama(3 girls) in our home, but the drama never comes from Esther. I’ve decided to use her as a barometer for when things are really bad. Because if Esther is unhappy, well then there must be a real problem. The rest is probably just noise and angst if Esther is still smiling.
She bookends our days and nights with smiles and hugs.
I call her my beautiful dreamer.
May she dream and smile forever.
Happy (Belated) Birthday, sweet Esther. Sorry for the shortest post ever…but you know – moving, work, and a sick sister. Forgive me…again.